Creationism: Big Issue in St. Petersburg, Fla.

OUR last post on this was here: Creationism in St. Petersburg Mayor Campaign, and now the issue seems to be heating up.

In the St. Petersburg Times we read: Are Foster’s religious beliefs relevant in St. Pete mayor’s race? Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Bill Foster believes, contrary to the overwhelming majority of scientists, that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. He believes the world literally was created in six days, and he once complained to school officials when his son was taught about Darwin’s theory of evolution in fifth grade.

O Lordy! Let’s read on:

Is that relevant to the campaign for mayor of Florida’s fourth largest city?

It could be an advantage. St. Petersburg is in that blessed region we’ve been calling The Florida Ark (defined here). We continue:

“This city is trying to increase its employment base with respect to scientific organizations and trying to recruit scientific concerns to come here,” said St. Petersburg architect Michael Dailey, who supports Kathleen Ford, Foster’s opponent. “If our mayor has a belief system that basically rejects science, how can people take him seriously?”

That depends on the people, doesn’t it? Here’s more:

Foster said he would eagerly court and recruit any science-based employers, regardless of his own personal religious and scientific beliefs. Those beliefs, he insisted, have nothing to do with how he would govern the city.

What’s with that? Either the guy lives his faith, or — according to his own belief system — he’s willing to cooperate with those who do the devil’s work.

Moving along:

“I’m very accepting of the many faiths and diversity of the city,” Foster said, acknowledging that he constantly faces questions about his religious beliefs. “How does my knowledge of scientific theory impact my ability to rationally govern the city of St. Petersburg? It’s completely irrelevant.

Surely that’s believable, isn’t it? Another excerpt:

Ford [Kathleen Ford, Foster’s opponent] disagreed: “What’s relevant is where the city of St. Petersburg is going in the future. That future is in science and technology. Creationism has no place in science and technology.”

That’s fine, and we truly wish her well, but she’s not entertaining us. We want more about Foster! On with the article:

In an interview at his law office, Foster talked about some of his beliefs and refused to talk about others.

Dinosaurs are mentioned in Job so I don’t have any problem believing that dinosaurs roamed the earth,” he said, referring to the book of Job, which mentions the “behemoth.” He said he believes dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time, though most scientists say there is a gap of at least 60-million years between dinosaurs and mankind.

[…]

Rather than Darwin’s theory of evolution, Foster accepts the Genesis account in which God created all creatures at the same time and the world was created in six days.

Foster, a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole, dismissed the suggestion that each of those “days” could represent a period of thousands of years. “In the Genesis account, it’s timed by the sun and the moon,” he responded.

Gotta hand it to the guy — he knows his Genesis! And now we come to the end:

“The Bible is what I use to dictate my personal belief system and values, but this book also … commands me to submit to the authority at hand, which is the Constitution,” said Foster.

It seems to us that this man is horribly conflicted. What does he think of the Constitution if clashes with his faith? Can he handle the job? Will the good people of The Florida Ark give him a chance? We think they will. St. Petersburg is in Pinellas County, right next to Hillsborough county, which is represented by Ronda Storms. That tells you what you need to know.

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3 responses to “Creationism: Big Issue in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  1. Some of the businesses Foster would be sucessful in attracting to St. Pete would be religious bookstores, creation research labs (whatever they might look like), religious printers, and manufacturers of holy rollers (for those big hairdos) and religious trinkets. I’ve heard that they are more effective when manufactured in the U.S. of A.

  2. Retiredsciguy notes

    I’ve heard that they [religious trinkets] are more effective when manufactured in the U.S. of A.

    Indeed. It took Yankee Ingenuity and American Know-How to give us God’s Miracle Box for a mere $29.99 (plus applicable sales tax and shipping).

  3. From the article: “[Bill Foster] believes the world literally was created in six days, and he once complained to school officials when his son was taught about Darwin’s theory of evolution in fifth grade.”

    Well that’s a big problem for the DI. Recall that they say that evolution should be taught – along with enough fabricated “weaknesses” to promote unreasonable doubt of course. Not sure if Foster wants the Flintstones story taught instead of evolution, but the DI is on record as opposed to that too.

    C’mon DI. Here’s another chance to back up your empty “ID is not creationism” line.